Governments are getting impatient with the pace of transition to a future of zero-emission vehicles.
More people are supposed to be wafting silently down the road in their electric vehicles with little but the hum of low-resistance to mark their passage.
But most people literally aren’t buying it. EVs and plug-in hybrids remain a tiny fraction of private vehicle sales, especially in North America. That doesn’t please governments committed to greenhouse-gas reduction and automakers pumping billions into developing zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
But push may be coming to shove, evidenced by a spate of recent announcements:
- France will bar the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040.
- India vows all cars sold by 2030 will be electric-powered.
- Volvo announces no cars sold after 2019 will be powered only by internal-combustion motors; they will either be EVs or plug-in hybrids.
- In Canada, Quebec passed legislation last fall requiring ZEVs to make up 15.5 per cent of total sales by 2025.
About 11,000 new EVs were sold in Canada last year, up from around 7,000 the year before, bringing Canada’s total EV numbers to about 30,000, according to FleetCarma.